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Modern & Classic VMFA Wedding

It was an incredible day filled to the brim with stunning details. Luisa & Matt decided on March 19 for their wedding date and we were blessed with one of the most beautiful Virginia spring days I’ve ever seen for a wedding. Luisa’s eye for a classy and modern wedding came to life and I was blown away by the details and how her vision came together for their VMFA wedding in Richmond, Virginia.

They waited 441 days for this day. It was so evident on their wedding day just how loved they are by the people who know them and knowing them, you just can’t help it. I loved every minute of working with these two and it never even felt like work because it was just so much fun! It was truly my honor being their photographer and friend. Enjoy scrolling through my favorites from this gorgeous whimsical and colorful summer Old Silk Mill wedding!

Last Friday I got to meet Matt & Luisa at Libby Hill Park in Richmond VA for their engagement session and I have to say it was definitely one of the most fun engagement sessions I’ve ever done! The weather was perfect and it was a sunny day which made for gorgeous golden hour portraits! Luisa and Matt were so fun to talk with and getting to hear more about them and their sweet pets! Especially since their 5 month old puppy, Max, joined us for photos and I was over the moon!

Many brides this year had been forced to postpone their wedding and it’s made really difficult when as a bride with an October 2020 date has to postpone to 2021 but your venue, photographer and other vendors already booked the same weekend date in 2021! There are clearly really popular months and dates to have a wedding and it gets booked up twice as fast as normal due to the current state of events.

But don’t fret, bride to be! There are 52 weeks in a year with SO many more options than just a Saturday wedding in June or October. I’m here to share why non-peak wedding dates are actually the best, and not just because it’s a pandemic 😉

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In the last weekend of a 10 straight wedding weekend stretch, I met Alex and Andrew at Barboursville Vineyards in Charlottesville for their engagement session and it was the perfect way to kick off a full and incredibly fun weekend.

Alex and Andrew wanted to do their engagement session at Barboursville Vineyards specifically because that’s also the exact place they got engaged! Alex was taking photos of the gorgeous vines around them and when she turned to him, he was on one knee! So it was really fun being back in the place where they got engaged and I was so excited to get to know them more.

Of the venues I’ve visited this year, this one probably had the most breathtaking views I’ve ever seen! Megan & Josh got married at the Walker Creek Barn in Pearisburg, VA and it was 1000000% worth the four hour drive from my home.

Josh & Megan have been one of the most fun couples and I loved getting to see them again after their engagement session in the spring time. They have a fun and easygoing time and it was so much fun getting to know them more and meet their friends and families.

Old Town Alexandria is somewhere that I love going to but don’t get to go often. So when Mallory suggested Old Town for their engagement session this fall, I was all for it! I loved meeting this sweet couple and exploring Old Town with them. This is probably one of my most colorful sessions due to all the different fun and vibrant backgrounds! From a fun rainbow installation in Waterfront Park to a pretty blue part of a wall, going down alleyways and borrowing someone’s front porch with a cute little pumpkin, this has so many fun locations and I’m so excited to share them now!

From Washington DC for an early morning cherry blossom engagement session (still obsessed about it by the way) to here for their wedding and I’m so excited to share some of my favorites from this beautiful wedding day. A stunning sunroom for getting ready, special bridal details and golden hour portraits are just some reason why I’m going to be oversharing this sweet Black Horse Inn wedding.

It was the hottest day in September (or at least, it felt like it!) on the day Bryce & Cameron got married at the Barns of Kanak in Prince George, VA. But the heat had nothing on the indescribable joy these two had all day. The weather was hot but it also wasn’t as hot as they were either 😉 I loved everything about their wedding day, from the First Look to the bridal party portraits, a gorgeous ceremony and INCREDIBLE golden hour bride & groom portraits that made me swoon. It was beyond difficult finding just a couple of favorites to share for their sneak peek and I’m not even holding myself back on their blog post! Enjoy my favorites from their beautiful wedding day!

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